A Blunder Leads to Love

I had the pleasure of reading The Baron's Blunder. It was a fun read and I look forward to reading more from this author. Below is my review.

In The Baron’s Blunder by Susan M. Bagnaz we meet Charles and Henrietta as they meet on the road. From that point we travel with them through adventure after adventure as they follow their bumpy and dangerous road to a relationship. I love the way the characters are built and the way the author emphasizes the important parts of any relationship. Both Charles and Henrietta are honorable and loyal to their country as they work as spies to preserve it.

Salsa and Speed Bumps

I love to read books that offer me a relaxing escape along with information and a good story. Last week I found one I will keep as one of my favorites. Susan M. Bagnaz wrote this great romance called Salsa and Speed Bumps as part of a series. I look forward to her next book.

I knew I was going to need something to distract me when I downloaded this book. I was preparing for a long day of appointments with a lot of waiting between them. I hoped this book would fill the time. Salsa and Speed Bumps not only met, but exceeded my expectations. The excellent writing of Susan M.

No Fear

I go to a number of writers conferences. Sometimes I go as an author conferee, but more often I attend as an editor from a publishing house. What frustrates me the most is when authors are afraid to show others their stories for fear of theft. During editor appointments I have even been told by authors they will not show me their story unless I contract it because I might steal it if there isn’t a contract. The level of fear both saddens and frustrates me.

Old Fashioned

I’ll admit it. I’m an old lady and sometimes I’m kind of old fashioned.

I remember the days when police were viewed as an important part of the community. They were the ones with whom we felt safe. Children were taught to go to a police officer if they were in anyway in trouble. The key word here is community.

Now, while I’m old fashioned, I’m not stupid. Even back then I knew that police were human and some of them made mistakes. And some of them were bad guys. But we focused on the good they did.

Out of the Bottle

It’s been a long couple of years. Some people would call it writer’s block. Others call it depression. There are many names for it. But in the past two years I have written almost nothing. I have started a lot of articles, blogs and other pieces of writing, but the words to get the thoughts across just haven’t come. I’ve done a lot of work during this time to make changes and find my words again.

It felt like my words were stuck in a bottle and a huge cork that I couldn’t handle kept them in.

Now it has happened. The work has paid off. But I really don’t know how it happened.

Launch Day

Shattered Trust bookAm I excited today? Yes, I am super excited. Why? Because my debut novel launches today. This event is the fulfillment of a long time dream in my life. But in my heart, today is not about me.

Shattered Trust is the story of a police officer who due to a slow slide down has become an abusive cop. When he realizes this, he determines to turn his life around to honor the life of service he originally chose. His journey is filled with...

Trying to be brave

Any discussion of marketing a book includes the topic of platform. Some say it is essential, some say not so much. The bottom line is an author needs some level of platform and that level includes social media. Like the rest of the world, some authors are more comfortable with social media than others. The general consensus is that no matter whether authors do many types of social media or just a few, they need to do it well.

Personally, I haven’t done a lot but with social media because I’ve not good figuring out how to use it. I’m a little scared trying these new things.

It takes time

I got the next set of edits back from my editor. Most of the work was simple mistakes I made so it was easy just to make the changes she suggested. However, there were two sections that needed significant rewrites. One is part of an emotional scene. I have spent the last three weeks correcting and recreating this scene. Today I’m celebrating because I finally got it. It sounds right now.

Now on to the next scene. Hopefully it won’t be as difficult to fix.


I live in a neighborhood which has only one entrance and exit. Right now there is road construction involving that route. Therefore, I not only have to deal with the construction every time I leave home, but the paths through the construction are constantly changing. I never know what the path is going to be. And after I get through the construction, there is additional major construction on all three of the possible routes to visit my mother.


Since the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, I have been thinking about timing.

The editor for my book, Shattered Trust which will be available in November, and I talked at the conference about how perfect the timing was for my book to come out. It deals with police brutality. A timely topic.

I have had a story in my heart and mind for more than 40 years, but have been told repeatedly not to write it by editors and publishers. I have it roughed out, but haven’t done the editing work because of the negative comments.

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